H4B Boston

H4B Boston earned its honors this year through exceptional thought leadership activities. Those include the Living Rooms of Rare event on Rare Disease Day and an increasingly active presence on social media.

H4B Boston is a full-service agency serving long-term clients such as Sanofi Rare Disease; Novartis Gene Therapies; Ipsen Rare Diseases; Santhera; Sumitomo Pharma Oncology; and Karyopharm. This year, it expanded its offerings, adding advocacy strategy and programming.

And with the creation of a Rare Patient Advocacy Advisory Board, it’s offering more inspiration to team members while keeping campaigns tightly attuned to the community.

The agency also encourages learning in other ways. Employees have a stipend for classes that advance professional skills. It also offers Havas University and LinkedIn Learning, with virtual classes for many professional capabilities and skill sets.

The agency strives for fun for its 65 employees, hosting summer parties and a Thanksgiving potluck. A group of employees joined the Red Sox Foundation Run To Home Base event, which raises funds for veterans. And in 2022, it launched a philanthropic and community effort focused on the intersection of rare diseases and disability/accessibility.

Clients appreciate H4B’s all-in approach. “Rare disease nation, there is no doubt that our work done with H4B Boston is going to make an impact on an underserved population,” said a GM from Sanofi. “I am so proud of this team. I am proud of them for what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. I am so proud of taking a play-to-win approach.” 


DDB Health

DDB Health is committed to courageously tackling challenges. Last year, that shone through in efforts such as its Craft Academy, and a new practice for using enhanced data targeting. For clients that include Novartis and Roche, it combines proprietary data with attitudinal research to drive personalization. And a new marketing automation platform allows smaller partners to quickly deliver meaningful journeys.